University Open Days
Universities, TAFEs and Colleges often have Open Days once a year in winter - spring, sometimes their different faculties will have other smaller Open Days and sometimes they say they are always open, you just need to make an appointment to visit.
We put all the Open Days, small or large in our newsletters and on the mhscareers.com calendar so you won't ever miss an event.
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The Good Universities Guide also publish many Open Days: www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/Open-days
mhscareers also add an "Open Day" link to each University, so you can check up your favourite institutions, see the University pages per State or Territory.
Applying to University
Applications open around the beginning of August each year, see your state's Tertiary Admissions Centre (see website links on applicable states and territories pages) for details.
Read the course descriptions carefully, and check to see if there are any additional selection criteria.
Students who have been disadvantaged in their studies
EDUCATIONAL ACCESS SCHEMES (EAS).
If you consider that you have been disadvantaged and that your results will be lower than they should have been because of this disadvantage you may be able to get some special consideration from the universities.
Types of disadvantage considered are: disrupted schooling; financial hardship; adverse home environment (particularly involving abuse) and excessive family responsibilities; English language difficulty; personal illness/disability; adverse school environment.
To apply check with your Tertiary Admissions Centre or ask your careers adviser.
Evidence for the application may take some time to collect, so start the process as soon as possible.
Plan B (What to do if you don't get into uni, or into your first choice degree)
Talk to the university and explain your situation to them. They will help you to investigate your options.
These may include taking subjects that are part of the degree that you want to do without being enroled in the degree; starting a different degree and transfering, or re-applying, later; doing some other course, such as a uni preparation course, a TAFE course, or a course at a private college to then apply to university later; taking Year 12 again; or rethinking your career options.
There is always a Plan B! Your ATAR is not the end of the world, and many very successful people in today's society have had poor results from high school.